Staff Picks 2022: Graphic Novels and Nonfiction for Grades 4-5

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

The number of great graphic novels is growing exponentially, and we couldn't be happier to suggest these 2022 selections, as well as some good nonfiction for kids in grades 4-5.

  • Fibbed

    2022 by Agyemang, Elizabeth

    Nana is sent to Ghana to stay with extended family when her parents are fed up with what they think are Nana's lies. Turns out there's way more to the story. I found the whole book fascinating, unique, and fun to read. Suggested by Caitlin.

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  • Speak Up!

    2022 by Burgess, Rebecca

    I really liked this great graphic novel. I loved that Mia had a secret identity until she was able to overcome her fears, and the artwork was great! Suggested by Meleesa.

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  • Swim Team

    2022 by Christmas, Johnnie

    I love how Bree overcomes her fear of swimming, makes friends, and learns the importance of teamwork. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Stand Up! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change

    2022 by Cooper, Brittney C.

    This is a great book is about women who made a big change. Although the changes were powerful, the women were not necessarily in positions of power. A great book to inspire young minds! Suggested by Cathy.

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  • Just Roll with It

    2021 by Durfey-Lavoie, Lee

    This funny, sweet graphic novel describes the trials and tribulations of starting middle school for a girl who always feels anxious and worried. I know it will resonate with middle schoolers--and the rest of us! Suggested by Mary.

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  • The Real Riley Mayes

    2022 by Elliott, Rachel

    I loved this graphic novel about a different-drummer fifth grader who finds her own voice. I think so many kids will recognize themselves in plucky, smart, quirky Riley! Suggested by Mary M.

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  • Miss Quinces

    2022 by Fajardo, Kat

    I loved how this graphic novel shows how to celebrate your culture and who you are without any shame. A must read for fans of Raina Telegeimer and Lucy Knisley. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Sort of Super

    2022 by Gapstur, Eric

    This graphic novel made me laugh out loud several times! I loved going on adventures with Wyatt and Adeline. If you love superheroes like I do, you'll want to read this book. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Invisible

    2022 by Gonzalez, Christina Diaz

    I loved this book. The authors were able to show that rules aren't always right, teachers can sometimes stereotype kids, and kindness always wins! Suggested by Cathy.

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  • Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear

    2021 by Nguyen, Trang

    This graphic novel is based on the author's own life and work as a conservationist. It reads like a beautiful adventure story, and the illustrations make it magical. I love this story so much--it's one that stays in your heart. Suggested by Katie.

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  • Frizzy

    2022 by Ortega, Claribel A.

    As a frizzy redhead growing up, I related to Marlene's frustration with her curly hair that everyone, especially her mother, wants to mess with! Will she get to embrace her curls? Suggested by Shelley.

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  • The Tryout

    2022 by Soontornvat, Christina

    This graphic novel will be a huge hit for anyone who loves engaging autobiographical stories. I felt like I was right there in middle school with Christina--and it was mortifying (and hilarious and sad and overwhelming and fun and frustrating and all the other things that you feel when you're 12 or 13). Suggested by Caitlin.

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  • Bobby: A Story of Robert F. Kennedy

    2022 by Wiles, Deborah

    Robert Kennedy was a hero of my childhood. This story explains the man and the emotions of the late 1960s. The author brought the emotions to life. Suggested by Cathy.

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